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Inverting the Pareto Principle: Green Lace Top

Lace | Everybody, Everywear

This post was inspired in part by Every Body, Every Wear and in part because I haven’t worn this green lace top in quite some time.  I bought it from an LA boutique in 2007; the label is “The Origine.”

I was drawn to the top because of the aqua-colored panels with the cherry blossom print, the green lace, the soft material, and the light pink ribbon detail.


I’ve worn it maybe eight times (cost/wear = $45/8 = $5.62).  The last time I wore it and had a picture taken of me wearing it was last year during a dinner with some law school buddies.  I paired it with my robin’s egg blue cardigan and jeans (I think the same ones I’m wearing above – GLO jeans that I bought from Marshall’s).  Though not shown in the picture below, I believe I’m also wearing the same pumps as above (faux lizard skin pumps from Payless circa 2007).

Dinner Cropped

In 2007, I paired the green lace top with jeans again and pointy-toed patent nude/beige pumps:

Cropped 2007

(I would make this picture bigger, but the resolution’s awful.)

Close up of the green lace top:

Lace Top Close Up

Any suggestions on other ways to wear this top aside from pairing it with jeans?

This is also my first outfit for the 30 for 30 Remix Challenge.  I still haven’t figured out what my 30 items will be, but 4 are down: 1) Green H&M cardigan, 2) Green lace top, 3) GLO jeans, and 4) Payless faux lizard skin pumps.  Only 26 more items to choose!

Lastly, Steph decided that this outfit is going to be Outfit Number 1 for her 30 for 30:


Details of her outfit will soon be forthcoming!

Inverting the Pareto Principle: Black Full Skirt

I haven’t worn this skirt in a few years, and I can’t remember the price for it (maybe $20-$25), but I got it in 2005.




Gap Full Skirt (bought in 2005)

H&M Coral Tank Dress (bought in 2010; worn as a top; last worn here as a dress)

Mossimo Taupe Heels (bought from Target in 2009)

H&M White Cardigan (bought in 2007)

Coral & Black Bead Necklace (gift from my husband’s grand aunt in the Philippines)

Pearl Strand Necklace (bought in the Philippines in 2011)

Forever 21 Pearl, Crystal Bead, and Shell Flower Necklace (bought in 2010)

Initial Pendant and Rhinestone Pendant Necklace (initial pendant was a gift from my dad when I was six, rhinestone pendant necklace has been [permanently] borrowed from my mom)

Pearl Earrings (gift from my aunt in 2006)

Tan Stud Bracelet (free gift for signing up with BaubleBar)

Gold Bead Bracelet (gift from my husband’s aunt in the Philippines in 2010)

Glasses (bought from Costco in 2010)

Beige Corset Belt (bought from Masque Boutique in 2009)

I piled on the accessories today and kept my makeup “fresh,” as my husband calls it.  Moisturizer with SPF (always), a dab of Smith’s Rosebud Salve (always), some grey eyebrow liner (I find that looks the most natural for my brows), and some brown-black eyeliner, and I was out the door.

Close up of necklaces:



The skirt’s hemline actually falls around mid-calf, but because the coral dress has an empire waistline, I rolled up the skirt a few times and added the beige corset belt.  That belt is one of my favorite finds even though my husband does not generally like the look of wide belts on me.


Today is going to be spent relaxing at home with the family; next weekend is going to be insanely busy as we have a fundraising dinner, a wedding here, and then a red-eye flight to Boston to attend another wedding the following day.  Thus, no MIFDDN; I think our Crystal Cove visit was our outing for this week.

For those in the States, hope you are all enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend.

Inverting the Pareto Principle: Purple Tulip Dress

I ran into a bit of a snafu Wednesday morning when I realized I’ve gone through all of my work clothes on this blog.  I’ve worn all of my button down shirts already, all of my slacks, and all of my suits and my Captain’s/School Boy blazer.  The only items left for work are a casual work suit which I’ll be saving for next week and a purple H&M dress that I bought two years ago.

I’ve worn this purple tulip-skirted dress maybe six times; about 1/3 of the time (twice), someone else has worn the same dress to the same event!


At an awards ceremony for my mum, another woman had the same dress as me.  At a law school event, the same thing happened.  Both times, each person involved had styled her dress differently, so only the person wearing the dress would have known that there was another woman wearing her dress (except for one very observant law school friend of mine who immediately exclaimed, “Hey!  She’s wearing the same dress as you!”).

I’ve worn this dress 1) with a black long sleeved shirt underneath with tights, 2) without tights and a black cardigan, and 3) with tights with a black camisole.  Basically, I’ve always paired this dress with black.

Thanksgiving Dinner

This was taken at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my girlfriends – I had just given the news that I had passed the California Bar…or was it that dinner was ready?  Either way, people were excited.

MadMen-esque cropped

I was going for a Mad Men look here, with a wannabe Joan Holloway updo.  This was also the first time in probably 20 years that I’ve worn a nail color shade that resembles the color of the drink in my hand.

For work on Wednesday, I moved away from the regular black belt and grabbed my aqua belt.  Then instead of the usual black cardigan, I grabbed my green one.  Since I was on a roll, instead of putting a black camisole underneath the dress, I decided to go for a striped button down, and voila, I had a Color Brigade-worthy outfit!


Color Brigade Worthy

F21 Button Down (bought in 2010)

H&M Purple Tulip Dress (bought in 2009)

H&M Green Cardigan (bought in 2008)

H&M Aqua Belt (came with a pair of shorts bought in 2010)

Target Taupe Heels (bought in 2009)

Guess Watch (gift from a friend back in high school)

Tan Stud Wrap Bracelet (free gift for signing up with BaubleBar)

Turquoise Bracelet (gift from a family friend in 2010)

Turquoise & Pearl Necklace (gift from a family friend in 2010)

Gold Bead Bracelet (gift from my husband’s aunt in the Philippines in 2011)

Green Glass Drop Earrings (bought at NYC’s Sea Port in 2005)


Detail of Turquoise & Pearl Necklace


Detail of Turquoise & Pearl Necklace, Green Glass Drop Earrings, and Tan Stud Wrap Bracelet


Detail of Green Glass Drop Earrings

I wore this to the office on Wednesday and later met up with some friends for some delicious-tasting ramen.  I had no idea there were so many ramen joints in my neck of the woods.  I’m so glad that one of my friends is a Yelp Elite who can introduce me to these fantastic places.  [I say Yelp Elite in italics because it's a bit tongue-in-cheek for three reasons: 1) I sound like a douche when I say "Yelp Elite," 2) I actually mean it as a compliment to my friend who I always introduce as "[Her Full Name (because her first name is the same as mine)], Yelp Elite,” and 3) She’s been Yelp Elite for the last three years, and this year is the first that she’s not Yelp Elite because we had to study for the Bar…but my husband and I insist on calling her “[Her Full Name], Yelp Elite” nevertheless.]

We didn’t get a chance to check out the hipster bar across from the ramen restaurant, but “[Her Full Name], Yelp Elite,” there’s always next time!


Some last few notes:

1. Even though I’m reaching my 100th post (maybe ten more posts?), I still feel like I’m a newbie when it comes to blogging.  I started blogging partly as a birthday gift to my husband by reducing my shopping spending and partly so that I could challenge myself to gain some fashion sense.  The reason I continue to blog is that I find a lot of joy in writing and sharing stories.  If you’ve come across my blog and have enjoyed reading it, I thank you for your time, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading my posts.

2. In blogging and in life, I know I will make mistakes.  Early on, I wrote a post that I thought was honest at the time, but upon re-reading it, I saw that it could be taken offensively, and I deleted it.  I never openly apologized for it because I thought that would call too much attention to what I had said, so even though that post is no longer up, for those who did read it and took offense, I apologize.

3. I didn’t want to seem like too much of a dweeb, but I got my first reader email the Sunday that I saw Emily VanCamp (Rebecca from ABC’s Brothers & Sisters) at the airport.  Not joking – receiving my first reader email was more exciting than seeing Emily VanCamp, but I felt shy about sharing how happy the reader’s email made me, so I kept it to myself (and my husband – who I mentioned it to over and over and over again).

4. The other day, I read a reply to a comment I had made from another blogger who said she was inspired by me (by me!), and that also made me kinda giddy.

5. Over the last couple of weeks, my friends have told me either in person or over email how they like certain outfits or certain items, and hearing that makes me not only appreciate the clothes and accessories already present in my wardrobe, but also the time my friends took in sharing their thoughts with me.  I thought I was the only one who liked my orange pumps until a friend emailed me that she liked them; I was about ready to toss out my black and white linen pants until a friend had said she liked an outfit with those pants the best.  I thought I looked a bit out-of-character when I tried some punk rock looks, but a friend said she really liked those outfits.  Another friend was delighted that I featured a gift she gave me on my blog.  To all of the readers who are my friends (or family), thank you for reading.

(P.S. - Sunshine, if you’re reading this, the bigger pictures were done just for you!)